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September Meeting Announcement

The Cook County Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals Ordinance
Serving Our Community, Protecting the Environment

The Cook County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program is a free service for Cook County residents to collect their unused and expired prescription and nonprescription drugs.

This free service is provided by authorization of the Cook County Board of Commissioners to reduce access to unused and expired prescription and non-prescription drugs in order to prevent misuse that can lead to poisoning or death.

Please dispose of unused and expired prescription or non-prescription drugs responsibly.

  • Do not leave them lying around unattended.
  • Do not throw them in the trash or down the sink.
  • Do not flush them down the toilet.

Please bring any unused or expired prescription or non-prescription drugs to any one of dozens of collection boxes located in public safety buildings and other locations throughout Cook County.

This free service is not available for use by retail businesses or other companies that handle prescription drugs.

For times and locations, see our interactive map on our website or email us at

On October 28, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners authorized the Cook County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program to implement a comprehensive pharmaceutical drug collection and disposal program to assist residents throughout Cook County with properly disposing of unused and unexpired prescription drugs. Phase I went into effect on January 23, 2017 with the establishment of a Producer Registry. Under the current phase of implementation a toll-free hotline with information for accessing pharmaceutical drug collection sites has been established for Cook County residents with pre-recorded messages in seven different languages (English, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese and Korean) along with program information displayed on our webpage in the seven languages. For the multi-language text, please see our information panels above. To learn more from our toll-free hotline, please call 1-84-GOT USED RX? (1-844-688-7379).

Click here for instructions in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Polish, Russian or Spanish

In the coming weeks, we will be expanding our Consumer Information and Education about the Need to Properly Dispose of Unwanted or Expired Prescription Drugs.

According to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”), most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. The DEA has described unused or expired prescription medication as a “public safety” issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.

  • Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
  • The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends—and the home medicine cabinet.
  • Unused prescription drugs thrown into the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.
  • Just as troubling, every day prescription drugs are dumped down drains, toilets, and in garbage.

Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.

In 2012, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office began its collaboration with the DEA. Sheriff Dart directed his office to have permanent collection boxes to be installed at each of the circuit court houses as well as the County Building to permit local residents to properly anonymously dispose of their prescriptions at each location while ensuring proper control of these drugs.

The Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program also began assisting location towns and villages as well as Chicago wards by sponsoring Pharmaceutical Take-Back events. Today, the Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program also partners with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, which underwrites purchase of collection boxes for local jurisdictions and disposal of collected drugs, and provides collection sites at its main office and three of its water treatment plants.

Bring your outdated prescription drugs to designated Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Collection Boxes at local police departments/public safety buildings, district court houses, the County Building or MWRD locations.

Look at the map on this website to find a location near you or email us at or call us at 773.843.5335

Jurisdiction Address City Zip Code Phone Number Service Area
2nd Municipal Court House-Skokie 5600 Old Orchard Road Skokie 60077 773-843-5335 North Suburbs
3rd Municipal Court House-Rolling Meadows 2121 Euclid Avenue Rolling Meadows 60008 773-843-5335 Northwest Suburbs
4th Municipal Court House-Maywood 1500 Maybrook Drive Maywood 60153 773-843-5335 Near West
5th Municipal Court House-Bridgeview 10020 S. 76th Ave Bridgeview 60455 773-843-5335 Southwest Suburbs
6th Municipal Court House-Markham 16500 S. Kedzie Ave Markham 60428 773-843-5335 South Suburbs
Alsip 4500 W. 123rd St. Alsip 60803 708-385-6903 Southwest Suburbs
Bedford Park 6701 S. Archer Av. Bedford Park 60501 708-458-3388 Southwest Suburbs
Brookfield 8820 Brookfield Ave Brookfield 60513 708-485-8131 West Suburbs
Calumet City 1200 Pulaski Rd Calumet City 60409 708-868-2500 South Suburbs
Cicero 4932 W. 25th Pl Cicero 60804 708-652-2131 West Suburbs
Cook County Building 118 N. Clark Chicago 60602 773-843-5335 Central Downtown
Countryside 5550 East Avenue Countryside 60525 708-352-2171 West Suburbs
Crestwood 13849 S. Cicero Ave. Crestwood 60445 708-371-4800 South
Crete 1370 Benton Street Crete 60417 708-672-0912 South Suburbs
Criminal Court Administration Building 2600 S. California Chicago 60608 773-843-5335 Near West
Des Plaines 1420 E. Miner St Des Plaines 60016 847-391-5400 Northwest Suburbs
Dolton 14030 Park Ave 60419 708-841-2533 South Suburbs
East Hazel Crest 17223 S. Throop St East Hazel Crest 60827 708-798-2186 South Suburbs
Flossmoor 2800 Flossmoor Rd. Flossmoor 60422 708-957-4500 South Suburbs
Ford Heights 1343 Ellis Ave Ford Heights 60411 708-758-1843 South Suburbs
Forest Park 517 DesPlaines Ave Forest Park 60130 708-366-2425 West Suburbs
Frankfort 20602 Lincoln Way Lane Frankfort 60423 815-469-9435 South Suburbs
Franklin Park 9545 W. Belmont Rd. Franklin Park 60131 847-671-8200 West Suburbs
Glencoe 325 Hazel Ave. Glencoe 60022 847-835-4112 North Suburbs
Glenwood One South Asselborn Glenwood 60425 708-753-2420 South Suburbs
Harwood Heights 7300 W. Wilson Harwood Heights 60706 708-867-4343 Northwest Suburbs
Hazel Crest 3000 W. 170th Pl Hazel Crest 60429 708-335-9640 South Suburbs
Hodgkins 6015 Lenzi Ave Hodgkins 60525 708-352-4623 West Suburbs
Hometown 4331 Southwest Hwy Hometown 60456 708-422-2188 Southwest Suburbs
Matteson 20500 S. Cicero Ave Matteson 60443 708-748-1564 South Suburbs
McCook 5000 Glencoe McCook 60525 708-447-1234 West Suburbs
Niles 7000 W. Touhy Niles 60714 847-647-0400 Northwest Suburbs
Norridge 4020 N. Olcott Ave Norridge 60634 708-453-4770 Northwest Suburbs
Northlake 55 E. North Ave Northlake 60164 708-344-2128 Near West
Oak Lawn 9446 S. Raymond Ave Oak Lawn 60453 708-422-8292 Southwest Suburbs
Olympia Fields 20701 Governors Hwy Olympia Fields 60461 708-503-8100 South Suburbs
Palos Heights 7607 College Dr Palos Heights 60463 708-448-5060 Southwest Suburbs
Park Forest 200 Lakewood Blvd. Park Forest 60466 708-748-4700 South Suburbs
Phoenix 629 E. 151 St Phoenix 60465 708-331-2192 South Suburbs
River Forest 400 Park Ave River Forest 60305 708-366-7125 Near West
River Grove 2621 Thatcher River Grove 60171 708-453-2121 West Suburbs
Rolling Meadows 3600 Kirchoff Rd Rolling Meadows 60008 847-255-2416 Northwest Suburbs
Schiller Park 9526 W. Irving Park Rd Schiller Park 60176 847-678-4794 Northwest Suburbs
South Chicago Heights 2729 Jackson Ave. PO770 South Chicago Heights 60412 708-754-7131 South Suburbs
Steger 35 W. 34th St Steger 60475 708-755-0220 South Suburbs
Stone Park 1629 N. Mannheim Rd Stone Park 60165 708-344-2134 West Suburbs
Summit 5810 S. Archer Rd Summit 60501 708-458-1313 South Suburbs
Thornton 700 Park Ave Thornton 60476 708-877-4440 South Suburbs
University Park 650 Burnham Dr University Park 60466 708-534-0913 South Suburbs
Willow Springs 8255 S. Willow Springs Rd Willow Springs 60480 708-839-2731 West Suburbs
Woodridge 1 Plaza Dr. Woodridge Woodridge 60517 630-719-4740 West Suburbs
Click Here for Full List

Attention Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Subject to the Cook County Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals Ordinance (Sec. 46-102-Sec. 46-109)

  • Producer Registration opens on January 23, 2017.
  • Producers will only be required to register via Internet or email.
  • Our email address is

Click Here for the Producer Registry Form to submit information required under the Cook County Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals Ordinance, Sec. 43-104


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